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July 10, 2013

FAA Set To Establish New Pilot Qualification Standards

Final Rule To Be Published 'Soon'

The FAA announced Wednesday that it plans to publish "soon" the final rule that will increase the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines.

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Boeing 747 Accident In Afghanistan Leads To Third Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Unspecified Damages Sought By Family Of National Airlines' Mechanic

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois on behalf of the family of an airline employee who was fatally injured when a Boeing 747 cargo plane went down outside Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan on April 29, 2013. Gary P. Stockdale, a mechanic for National Airlines, was aboard the flight when it went down shortly after takeoff.

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The Baseline Configuration Of Ariane 6 Selected By Consensus

Heavy-Lift Booster Intended To Guarantee Ongoing Autonomous European Access To Space

In November 2012, European Ministers responsible for space, meeting in Naples, Italy, approved the start of preparatory activities for Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle. The objective of Ariane 6 is to maintain guaranteed autonomous access to space for Europe, while minimizing exploitation costs and suppressing any support to exploitation.

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Australian Company To Introduce YouFly 'Recreational Vehicle'

Fly-By-Wire Aircraft Described As 'Fun, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable'

At first glance, the YouFly "personal compact aerial vehicle" looks like a big inner tube with a seat. Developed by the Australian company Entecho, the aircraft is designed to be and "affordable, true all terrain, environmentally friendly flying vehicle that is designed for fun."

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IATA Calls For Urgent Attention To Australia's Aviation Infrastructure, Taxes

Industry Accounts For Six Percent Of The Country's GDP

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for urgent policy attention to infrastructure and taxation issues to ensure the continued development of aviation connectivity in Australia.

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X-48B Blended Wing Body Flight Tests Enter Second Phase

Higher Speeds, Cleaner Aerodynamics Will Mark Next Round Of Tests

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and The Boeing Co. are expanding the flight envelope for the X-48B blended wing body research aircraft. Flight tests with the 500-pound, remotely piloted test vehicle are now in a second phase involving higher speed regimes. The 21-foot wing span test aircraft is flying without its slats deployed. Slats are flight control surfaces on the leading edges of wings which, when extended, allow an aircraft to take off, fly and land at slower speeds.

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P-8A Passes Initial Operational Test And Evaluation

Key Milestone Will Influence Full-Rate Production Decision

After an extensive testing period, the U.S. Navy announced July 1 in an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation report that its new patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, P-8A Poseidon, was found “operationally effective, operationally suitable, and ready for fleet introduction.”

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Sunrise Airways Joins Flight Safety Foundation

New Port-Au-Prince-Based Carrier Is The First Haitian Airline To Gain FSF Membership

Sunrise Airways, a new start-up airline based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, announced Monday that it has gained membership in the prestigious Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), becoming the first Haitian airline ever to do so.

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Lake Wales, FL Airport In Line For FAA Grant

Agency Will Pay for Design Of Safety Improvements It Says Are Needed

The FAA has offered to pay almost $145,000 for the design of safety improvements it says are needed at Lake Wales (FL) Municipal Airport (X07). The city would be required to match about $8,000 for the plans.

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GPS System Improved As New Satellite Enters Service

GPS IIF Delivers Better Position, Navigation And Timing Data

The Global Positioning System, which millions of people including many pilots use every day for precise navigation and timing, recently became more accurate and reliable as the fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite began operating in the U.S. Air Force network.

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Hainan Airlines Welcomes First 787 Dreamliner

'Fly Your Dreams' Program Will Awarded Dreamliner Tickets To College Grads, 'Model Workers'

Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd. formally took delivery its first 787 Dreamliner aircraft on 7 July at 1100 local time when the plane landed at Haikou Meilan International Airport. With the delivery completed, Hainan Airlines becomes the second Chinese airline with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner as part of its fleet. At the welcoming ceremony, Hainan Airlines simultaneously kicked off the "Fly Your Dreams" program.

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AD: Eurocopter Deutschland (Eurocopter) Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-12-06

PRODUCT: Eurocopter Model MBBBK117 A-3, MBB-BK117 A-4, MBB-BK117 B-1, and MBB-BK117 C-2 helicopters with a Metro Aviation (Metro) vapor-cycle air conditioning kit installed in accordance with Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) No. SH3880SW.

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AD: Various Restricted Category Helicopters

AD NUMBER: AD 2013-13-14

PRODUCT: Various restricted category Model HH-1K, TH-1F, TH-1L, UH-1A, UH-1B, UH-1E, UH-1F, UH-1H, UH-1L, and UH-1P helicopters with certain main rotor hub inboard strap fittings (fittings) installed.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.10.13

ALPA Takes the NTSB To Task …

Military Firefighting Aircraft Are Relocating to Arizona…

Foxx Urged to Move Forward on Commercial Airli

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Classic Aero-TV: Senator James Inhofe – Taking On The Bureaucracy (Part 1)

A Foot In The Door -- 25 Years After We Proposed The Need For A Pilot's Bill Of Rights... We Have One

First Webcast On 08.13.12: US Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, today announced that his Pilot's Bill of Rights (S.1335) has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year. In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June. The House passed the measure by a voice vote.

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ALPA Calls For Thorough Investigation Of Asiana Flight 214 Accident, But....

Union 'Stunned' By NTSB's Early Data Release

ALPA released a statement Monday that takes the NTSB to task for releasing so much data from the Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorders aboard Asiana Flight 214 so early in its investigation.

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FAA Updates Information About KSFO In Wake Of Asiana Accident

Weather Was VFR, PAPI, Localizer Were Operational

The FAA has released updated information concerning operations at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) at the time of the accident involving an Asiana Airlines 777.

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EASA Approves Eurocopter EC225 Safety Measures

Follows Two Separate Events In Which Helicopters Were Ditched In The North Sea

EASA has published  an Airworthiness Directive which approves and mandates the technical solution proposed by Eurocopter for its EC225 fleet. The objective is to fix the unsafe condition created by the shaft failure of two EC225 helicopters in the North Sea in 2012.

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AF Firefighting Aircraft Repositioned

Moving From Colorado Springs To Mesa, AZ

The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, ID, has directed the repositioning of military Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System aircraft from Colorado Springs, CO, to Mesa, AZ.

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Study: Commercial Aerospace Revenue Soars, Defense Declines

Boeing, Airbus Both Report Highest Production Levels In The History Of Large Airplane Production

A new study released by Deloitte Monday analyzed 24 metrics of financial performance for the global aerospace and defense (A&D) Industry. The study found that in 2012, commercial aerospace revenues significantly increased and more than made up for declines in the defense segment.

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APA Head Supports Bill To Provide Tax Deferral For Airline Equity Stake

APA President Wilson: 'An Issue Of Basic Fairness Is At Stake'

The president of the Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents the 10,000 pilots of American Airlines, released a statement Monday expressing his gratitude for bipartisan legislation designed to enable the carrier’s front-line workers to defer taxes on equity they are receiving as unsecured creditors.

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Embraer Executive Jets Delivers 400th Phenom Jet To A European Customer

Company Has Placed Nearly 60 Phenoms In Europe

Embraer Executive Jets recently delivered the 400th Phenom business jet to The Hansgrohe Group, a 112-year-old German firm. The aircraft was a Phenom 300 and the delivery took place at São José dos Campos.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.10.13)

"The release of individual data points from the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder—without the context of the entire body of factual investigative data—represents a potential detriment to flight safety." Source: ALPA statement on the release of data by the NTSB.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.10.13): Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service

Service providing recorded weather forecasts broadcast to airborne pilots over selected VORs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.10.13)

NAAA State and Regional Associations

There are 35 regional and state agricultural aviation associations throughout the country that represent the regional, state and local interests of aerial application businesses and pilots. These organizations are key partners with NAAA and each one has a representative that serves on NAAA’s Board of Directors.

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